Transition Los Angeles

Transition Los Angeles and the Law

Transition Los Angeles (TLA) is a group of local grassroots citizens who are
preparing our communities for a positive outcome through the sweeping
changes coming with global warming, peak oil, and economic contraction.  We work to Transition our society from our current high-energy, high-consumption
lifestyles toward our inevitable lower-powered future.  We do this by
growing local resilience, our ability to flex and adapt to change.

Our Legal Structure Transition LA

Transition Los Angeles is a “city hub,” in the lingo of the international Transition Network.  It was the first official Transition Initiative in the L.A. basin.

Transition in the vast Los Angeles basin is taking place via a network of local groups, some of which have attained official “Transition Initiative” status themselves.

  • Where are the local groups located?
  • The Structure of Transition Los Angeles: diagram and explanation
  • We are a resilient not-for-profit group (which is quite different from a traditional nonprofit organization)

our approach

How are we doing it?  Yes, L.A. is a vast –and potentially daunting– metropolitan area.  Read more about how we are approaching the question of how to Transition such a huge area.

  • Our resources about Transition Cities
  • Our roadmap, or where we are headed
  • Our handout for Leaders

Our Mission

The Aims of TLA are:

  1. To raise awareness of the issues associated with the twin challenges of Peak Oil and Climate Change and the consequent need to develop a low carbon, resilient future;
  2. To nurture, cultivate, and support groups that are making the Transition to a lower carbon, more resilient, ethical future;
  3. To facilitate communication and sharing of resources between these local groups;
  4. To promote, encourage and support the development of community action to achieve greater resilience in Los Angeles;
  5. To hold the vision of a peaceful and well-planned energy descent in the greater Los Angeles basin.

OUR COMMON GOAL is growing local community resilience and self-sufficiency throughout the Los Angeles basin. We realize that we cannot succeed alone; our individual security during energy descent within this massive LA basin is entirely dependent upon the degree to which we have prepared the whole area.

our historyThe initial Transition efforts for most parts of the Los Angeles area were initiated by the Environmental Change-Makers, a community group in the Westchester/LAX area.

General vs. Cosmetic Dentistry

Most people think that when you need to get something done with your teeth, you just go to the dentist. However, dentistry is a field with diverse specializations and subfields. Cosmetic dentistry is a specialized field of dentistry that caters to purely cosmetic dentistry procedures. This is one of the many differences between general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry. Read on to learn more.

Both cosmetic and general dentistry address dental issues like:
–decaying teeth

–missing teeth


–broken teeth

–misaligned teeth

–general oral health

However, while both general and cosmetic dentistry can address these problems, they often differ on how these treatments are delivered, the experience and credentials of the person performing the procedure, and overall costs.

General Dentistry

Your general dentist is your primary dental health provider. He or she diagnoses and treats common dental problems and meets your oral health care needs by performing regular dental examinations, teeth cleanings, extractions, straightening and alignment, among other procedures.

General dentistry is seen as the more affordable option between the two. This is because in general dentistry, dental problems mentioned above are fixed using using metal fillings, metal crowns, metal braces and removable dentures. Metal fillings, crowns and braces are less expensive but they tend to be uncomfortable, contract and expand according to changes in temperature, may damage the base of the tooth and are easily visible. Removable dentures, when not measured properly, may be ill-fitting and appear fake.

A general dentist is typically focused on fixing dental problems and relieving any pain stemming from any dental problem. However, general dentistry is also preventative in nature. This means that most general dentists ensure that you get routine examinations and that your teeth is cleaned regularly to prevent cavities and tooth decay that may require more expensive restorative procedures later on.

This is the reason why some dental patients resort to cosmetic dentistry. A cosmetic dentist is trained to fix common dental problems such as the ones mentioned above using new techniques and materials to produce results that improve the function and the look of
your teeth.

Cosmetic Dentistrygeneral cosmetic dentist

Cosmetic dentistry involves the use of porcelain fillings, crowns and veneers, and dental implants which are more realistic, lasts longer and fit comfortably in the mouth. Cosmetic dentistry also utilizes new technology such as Invisalign which allows teeth straightening using invisible braces. Conventional metal braces are clunky, oppressive and conspicuous. They can also be very painful especially after the braces are adjusted. Invisalign braces do not cause any discomfort when worn, and they virtually invisible, so you can keep your natural smile even while wearing braces. They are removable and do not cause any difficulty when the wearer is eating.

A cosmetic dentist also performs tooth whitening using the latest technology designed to reduce enamel damage. This procedure takes half the time as conventional teeth whitening techniques.

Cosmetic dentistry procedures often cost more than general dentistry procedures because they use the most advanced technology available. Cosmetic dentistry clinics also employ specialists in cosmetic dentistry and this adds to the cost. Dental materials, the extent of the treatment and aftercare all contribute to the overall cost of any cosmetic dental procedure. According to Dr. Kevin Christ, who owns a Greenwood Village Cosmetic Dentistry office, says “unlike general dental procedures, most insurance policies will only pay out for a cosmetic procedure if and when the patient can show a demonstrable need for the procedure.”

General and cosmetic dentistry are both concerned with maintaining your oral health and fixing tooth problems. General dentistry is often more affordable, but cosmetic dentistry incorporates an aesthetic component to ensure that teeth are not only healthy but they look good as well. Consider the differences mentioned above to make an informed decision about what kind of service you need the next time you visit your dentist.

Minimum Auto Insurance May not be a Good Idea

underinsured car insurance Many people are looking for ways to cut monthly expenses; however, you might want to think twice before you cut back on your auto insurance coverage. When choosing an auto insurance plan, it’s important to understand the difference between liability insurance, underinsured motorist insurance (UIM), and uninsured motorist insurance (UM).

Many people get these very different coverage options confused and wrongly assume that if they purchase the minimum liability coverage required by the state, that they’ve got the coverage they need. It can be easy to think that purchasing coverage for an uninsured or underinsured motorist is a financial burden that’s not necessary; at least, until you actually need it. Sometimes it’s those hidden protections that offer you more value than you realize.

Is the minimum required insurance enough?

If you’ve ever been tempted to reduce your auto coverage, you might want to take a look at what you’ll be giving up. Of course, having minimum state required coverage is definitely better than not have any coverage at all; however, it can also leave you vulnerable. For example, minimum requirements will vary depending on state, but a common minimum requirement in many states is 25/50/20.

In this case, the 25 refers to the maximum amount of liability insurance for each person. So, if you are in a car accident and you are found to be at fault, your insurance would pay damages of up to $25,000 per person; however, the 50 refers to a maximum of $50,000 liability coverage per accident. The final 20 in this example means you have $20,000 for property damage. In many cases this coverage might be sufficient, but what happens if there are three or four people who each have injuries in excess of $25,000? What if property damage exceeds your $20,000 policy coverage? That’s where you could run into a serious problem.

If your insurance coverage isn’t enough to meet the needs of the injured parties, you could very likely be facing a lawsuit. This could mean the loss of your home, savings, and other assets, as well as long term financial consequences that could have your family facing hard times for years to come. If you are carrying just the minimum amount of coverage required by the state, you’re leaving yourself open to financial ruin if you are involved in a serious accident.  Contact your local car accident attorney with questions, they all offer a free initial consult.

Understanding Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Insurance (UM/UIM)

Many people don’t understand the difference between the various types of coverage that may be available to them. For example, most people know that they must carry liability insurance; however, this coverage does very little to help you if you are injured or your vehicle is damaged in an auto accident where you are at fault. In fact, your liability insurance only protects your financial liability to pay for the injured party’s damages; but, what happens to you and your damages? This is another reason why minimum coverage might not be in your best interest. You’ll have no protection or coverage for your loss.

Uninsured and Underinsured motorist coverage is designed to protect you if you are injured by a party without any coverage or without enough coverage. When you purchase UM/UIM coverage on your auto policy, you don’t have to worry whether the other party has enough insurance to cover your injuries, property damage, lost wages or legal costs. Your UM/UIM coverage will be there to prevent you from facing the financial responsibility of falling victim to an uninsured or underinsured driver.

What is umbrella insurance?

Umbrella insurance is basically insurance coverage that provides additional liability insurance that goes above your policy limits. This type of insurance can help protect you from major financial loss in a variety of situations, including auto accidents with injuries, property damage, and even lawsuits or personal liability. Even if you already have an auto insurance policy, an umbrella policy can provide coverage that will kick in when your policy limits are reached.

When you understand the various types of auto insurance coverage, it’s clear that carrying just the minimum required by law can leave you in dire circumstances if you are ever in a serious car accident. While you might save a little on your auto insurance premiums by paring down coverage to the bare basics, this type of coverage can leave you vulnerable to huge financial risks. Today, there are many people on the road who are either uninsured or who have just the minimum coverage, which could mean their insurance is not sufficient to protect you in the event of a serious accident.